October 2019 English Bridge
South plays in
3NT. West leads
´ A Q 5
™ 7 4 2
t K Q J 5
® J 8 3
´ 10 6 3
™ J 3
t A 9 6 4 2
® A K Q
Should you play low from dummy on the
opening lead, East would almost certainly take the
´J and switch to the ™10, with fatal effect.
What about this next one? Once again, you are
playing in 3NT and once again West leads the ´4.
This time your Count and Plan reveals nine on
top (one spade, five diamonds and three clubs).
With the contract secure you have no reason to take
any risks in the spade suit, especially with East-West
able to take a shedload of heart winners. Grab the
´A and run for home.
The hand is trickier if playing match-point pairs,
mind you. Should you play for an overtrick by
putting in the ´Q? That's a tricky one. For sure,
running the spade to hand, effectively trying for two
overtricks by hoping West has the ´K J, would be
pushing your luck too far at trick one. r
Have you got it?
Paul's quiz is online, p67